Nassif Al Khattabi, the governor of the Iraqi Shiite Holy City of Karbala, has declared three days of mourning for 31 pilgrims who died in a stampede a day earlier.
The nighttime disaster struck as tens of thousands of pilgrims were gathered in Meron at the site of the reputed tomb of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, a second-century Talmudic sage, where mainly ultra-Orthodox Jews mark the Lag BaOmer holiday.
During a telephone conversation with the Ashkenazi on Friday, Sheikh Abdullah expressed his sincere condolences and sympathy to the Israeli government and people, and to the families of the victims. He wished the injured a speedy recovery.
11 women were among those killed in a stampede at a stadium in eastern Afghanistan where thousands had gathered to apply for visas at the Pakistan consulate, officials said.
Naseri Paul Biya, the governor of the central region of Cameroon, said there could be more deaths. "We are not in position to give you the total number of casualties,” he said.
The stampede occurred when a large number of devotees entered the Mata Vaishno Devi Bhawan without permission slips to offer obeisance on the New Year, according to local media.
Police spokesman Moses Carter told the media the death toll was provisional and "may increase" because a number of people were in critical condition. He added that children were included among the dead.